Hi there. Just wanted to let you know I’m still working on this project.
Work on the project today:
- Cleaned up the Iron characterization page. Added a couple of links to resources I need to check out.
- Added the Lunar free iron page.
- Created the cool image above. I figured I needed a little something something for the Update posts. (the photo is from NASA – Apollo 17 site @ images-assets.nasa.gov/image/9312448/9312448~orig.jpg)
- Started the Lunar iron characterization section of Phase One of the project. Man, this is going to be a beast. There is a lot of data and research papers out there but they scattered all over. Some aren’t even on the Internet. I don’t want to spend too much time on this section but it’s kind of critical. Figuring out exactly what’s available in the regolith is the foundation to everything else. I guess I’ll plug away at it until I get enough data to move on to the next section.
- I figure the first step is to create a spreadsheet using the NASA Lunar Sample Compendium. It’s the basic information on each sample as well as references to older papers using that sample. It’s a start. I’m not sure how to present the spreadsheet in a way that takes a minimal amount of time while letting anyone look at (but not change) it. Maybe Google Docs. I have to do a bit of research on that.
- Simultaneously, I’ll start reading through the Lunar Sourcebook to see what information I can pull out. Although it was published in 1991, it’s still considered THE Lunar resource. The authors went to a LOT of trouble to consolidate as much information as they could find into this book. I’m sure it will help.